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grubstreet

[ gruhb-street ]
/ ˈgrʌbˌstrit /
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adjective

produced by a hack; poor in quality: a grubstreet book.

noun

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Origin of grubstreet

First recorded in 1640–50

Definition for grubstreet (2 of 2)

Grub Street

noun

a street in London, England: formerly inhabited by many impoverished minor writers and literary hacks; now called Milton Street.
petty and needy authors, or literary hacks, collectively.
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Example sentences from the Web for grubstreet

  • You see,” he added apologetically, “when people begin to talk about anybody, we Grubstreet hacks thrive on the gossip.

    The Strollers|Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for grubstreet

Grub Street

noun

a former street in London frequented by literary hacks and needy authors
the world or class of literary hacks, etc

adjective Also: 'Grubˌstreet

(sometimes not capital) relating to or characteristic of hack literature
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